Joseph Rodman Drake

(1795-1820 / United States)

Joseph Rodman Drake Poems

1. Written In A Lady's Album 1/3/2003
2. Song: Oh The Tear 1/3/2003
3. Song: Tis Not The Beam 1/3/2003
4. Lines To A Lady 5/15/2001
5. Song 5/15/2001
6. Lines To A Lady, On Hearing Her Sing 1/3/2003
7. Song: Oh! Go To Sleep 1/3/2003
8. Sonnet 1/1/2004
9. Lines Written In A Lady's Album 5/15/2001
10. To -- 1/3/2003
11. Lines 5/15/2001
12. Fragment 5/15/2001
13. Tennants Anster Fair 1/1/2004
14. Extracts From Leon. An Unfinished Poem 5/15/2001
15. To Eva 5/15/2001
16. To A Lady With A Withered Violet 5/15/2001
17. To A Friend 5/15/2001
18. Fragments 1/3/2003
19. Hope 5/15/2001
20. Lines Written On Leaving New Rochelle 5/15/2001
21. Niagara 5/15/2001
22. To Sara 5/15/2001
23. To Sarah 1/3/2003
24. The Culprit Fay 5/15/2001
25. The American Flag 5/15/2001
26. Bronx 5/15/2001
Best Poem of Joseph Rodman Drake


I SAT me down upon a green bank-side,
Skirting the smooth edge of a gentle river,
Whose waters seemed unwillingly to glide,
Like parting friends who linger while they sever;
Enforced to go, yet seeming still unready,
Backward they wind their way in many a wistful eddy.

Gray o'er my head the yellow-vested willow
Ruffled its hoary top in the fresh breezes,
Glancing in light, like spray on a green billow,
Or the fine frost-work which young winter freezes;
When first his power in infant pastime trying,
Congeals sad autumn's tears on the dead ...

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ROAR, raging torrent! and thou, mighty river,
Pour thy white foam on the valley below;
Frown, ye dark mountains! and shadow for ever
The deep rocky bed where the wild rapids flow.
The green sunny glade, and the smooth flowing fountain,
Brighten the home of the coward and slave;
The flood and the forest, the rock and the mountain,

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